Palm Beach Officials Consider Bid To Prevent Donald Trump From Living At Mar-a-Lago
Palm Beach, Florida officials discussed a bid preventing former President Donald Trump from living full time at Mar-a-Lago at a town council meeting on Feb. 9. Neighbors complained that he wasn’t legally entitled to live there as his main residence because of an agreement made in the 90s.
An attorney representing Palm Beach neighbors wrote a letter to town authorities last month requesting that the town council inform Trump that he could not live there.
Trump and the town signed an agreement in 1993 saying that no one could live at the resort for longer than seven consecutive days and no more than 21 days a year.
Trump’s legal right to live at the resort will be determined by whether Trump is considered an employee of the resort. Local laws say “a private club may provide living quarters for its bona fide employees only.”
Trump’s attorneys say the case will not hold up because the agreement does not say the owner of the resort cannot live there. They also insisted that Trump was an employee because of his role as club president.
Trump stayed at Mar-a-Lago for long periods of time previously without any issues with local authorities. Trump purchased the property in 1985 from Marjorie Merriweather Post, the owner of General Foods for $10 million and turned it into a resort from a private mansion.